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Science of Identity Foundation

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Science of Identity Foundation
FounderChris Butler
TypeReligious organization
HeadquartersHawaii, United States
LeaderKris "Chris" Butler



The Science of Identity Foundation (SIF) is a religious organization based in Hawaii, United States, founded by Chris Butler (Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa) in 1977.[1] Butler founded SIF after breaking away from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which he had joined in 1970.[2] It was initially known as the Hari Nama or Holy Name Society.[2] In 1977, Butler estimated the group had 1,000 devotees throughout the world.[3] Butler had a late-night television show called "Chris Butler Speaks" on Channel 13 in the 1980s.[4][5]

Theology[edit | edit source]

The organization combines the teaching of yoga and other aspects of Vaishnava Hinduism.[6] Although grounded in Hinduism, Butler has said of the SIF philosophy of Bhakti yoga, "It does not conflict with Christianity, with Islam, with any bona fide religious system. We're trying to teach the essence of Bhakti yoga without having anybody say 'Oh that's Hindu' or 'Oh that's Christian'."[4]

Followers practice vegetarianism and do not drink alcohol, smoke, have "illicit sex," or gamble.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Science of Identity Foundation business information on the website of Hawaii State Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs". Hawaii State Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs, Business Registration Division. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jones, Constance; Ryan, James D. (2006). Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Infobase Publishing. pp. 411–412. ISBN 9780816075645. [Butler] remained with ISKCON until after Prabhupada died in 1977. [...] He founded the Science of Identity Foundation as a vehicle to facilitate his teachings. [...] The Science of Identity Foundation (originally the Hari Nama or Holy Name Society) is located in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  3. Wright, Walter (August 22, 1977). "Hawaii's 'other' Krishnas". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. p. A-1. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Christensen, John (November 23, 1982). "Chris Butler: About this guru business". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. p. B-1.
  5. Ronck, Ronn (December 9, 1983). "Arts Scene". Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
  6. "Science of Identity one of founders". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. July 1, 1991. p. A-4. Retrieved November 1, 2019.

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